Los Angeles Times

Chinese intangible heritage lion dance sees new "pupil inheritors"


Pupils in Nanning City, south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, are learning the lion dance at school, appreciati­ng the glamor of this Chinese intangible cultural heritage.

Beijilu Primary School opened a lion dance club to offer students the opportunit­y to experience this profound cultural heritage. There, they have profession­als from the Haiyuan Dragon Lion Group, a local lion dance team, to teach them.

The pupils enjoy learning the lion dance. A boy named Pan Xiyun told a CCTV reporter that learning the lion dance is a way to learn more about traditiona­l Chinese culture as well as a way to stay fit.

"The inheritor of lion dance teaches the skills and basic moves at the school's Yongzhou lion dance club every Tuesday. The students learn a lot about the cultural value of this intangible heritage," said Huang Jingjing, principal of the Beijilu Primary School.

The lion dance is a traditiona­l Chinese dance in which performers mimic a lion's movements in a lion costume to bring good luck and fortune.

The lion dance is usually performed during the Chinese New Year and other Chinese traditiona­l, cultural and religious festivals. It may also be performed at important occasions such as business opening events, special celebratio­ns or wedding ceremonies, or may be used to honor special guests.

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